Monthly Archives:May 2019

Treating Common Gum Condition Could Limit Heart Attacks for Some Patients

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There’s an easy adjustment that could be made to aid people with chronic kidney disease. Treating a common gum condition in chronic kidney disease patients could lower their risk of potentially fatal heart disease by a large margin, according to Aston University researchers. More than 10 percent of the adult

Dental Student Detects A-Fib

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Jack Morris, a 59-year-old patient, has been receiving oral health care at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for the past year. But when third-year dental studentBrandon Churchman detected an irregular heartbeat during a routine blood pressure check at the school’s 2 Green Clinic in July, he suspected something could

Trends Evolve in Dental School Admissions

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The demographics of the dental school landscape continue to evolve. Research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) shows how the latest incoming classes differ significantly from when more seasoned dentists entered school. Since 2010, for example, there has been a gradual decline in the number of people taking the Dental Admission

“Mindful” Techniques Reduce Dental Student Stress

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Mindfulness is the skill of learning to pay attention to one’s present experience without judgment. It boosts wellbeing by significantly reducing anxiety and stress while improving mood. Now, students at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD) are practicing mindfulness too. When the school launched a pilot program for first-year students

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Ease Dental Anxiety

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Dental anxiety prevents many people from seeking the care they need. They have poor oral health because they avoid the dentist, and when they finally do make an appointment, they require sedation to get through it. According to a study from King’s College London, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may alleviate this anxiety and

Suicide and Dentistry: Myths, Realities, and Prevention

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Dentistry is more than stressful. It also has a grim reputation. Many people believe more dentists commit suicide than other professionals. Studies have cast doubt on these assumptions, but misperceptions and risks remain. “There are many myths surrounding suicide in general,” said Wendy LiKamWa McIntosh, MPH, an author of a Centers for Disease Control

The Three Easiest Ways to Break Through Dentistry’s Stress

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Are you finding yourself a little anxious about everything dental lately? Staff stressing you out? Wondering where all your time has gone? Experiencing relentless physical pain? Feeling so exhausted by the end of the day after running around, micromanaging like crazy?  Tired of the daily grind of dentistry and wondering when the books

59,000 Pediatric Extractions Prompt Calls for Better Prevention

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The British Dental Association (BDA) is urging the government to tackle oral health inequities that have left young children in deprived parts of England more than five times more likely to face hospital dental extractions under a general anesthetic than the national average. Public Health England (PHE) reports that more

BDA Wants to Use Sugar Tax Revenue to Fight Tooth Decay

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Now that it has been in effect for about a year, the Local Government Association reports that England’s sugar levy has produced about £250 million in revenue, and the British Dental Association (BDA) wants to put that money to use in fighting childhood tooth decay.  None of the levy revenue has been

Take Control of Your Dental Day With One Simple Routine

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Do you ever wake up and the first thing you start to think about is your work? Stressing over a staff member? Or replaying that bad surgical case? You sleep with the phone behind you and wake up to its alarm clock, only to see some messages come in from

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